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9715 N Fm 620 RdAustin, TX 78726
I love here and speak from experience. The management is poor, maintenance is slow and often unable to figure out what is wrong. The grounds are not maintained well. Sad, because this could be a spectacular place to reside.
7117 Wood Hollow DrAustin, TX 78731
Be away from here! This is the worst place on this planet! I am a UT student. I chose to live here only because I need UT shuttle to campus. In this point of view, it worked. But all other things are really bad. The structure of the room is really poorly designed. The slide door of my bedr…
2806 Real StAustin, TX 78722
9414 Anderson Mill RdAustin, TX 78729
Contractor was hired to replace roof 2 years ago. I agreed to reuse existing drip edge flashing in contract but was not informed that flashing was in poor condition (had holes in it). In addition, existing drip edge flashing was not installed at correct angle and lip is bent, causing flashing…
4409 Gaines Ranch LoopAustin, TX 78735
From Business: Heritage at Gaines Ranch is a community that offers various independent and assisted living options for senior citizens. The community features an indoor swimming pool, lobby, common area, fitness center, library, and dining and billiards rooms. Its Optimum Life services include asset preservation and security. Heritage at…
921 W New Hope Dr Ste 102Cedar Park, TX 78613
From Business: Heritage Construction is a family owned roofing company with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. We are the preferred Owens Corning roofing contractor in Austin, TX.
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Decent enough during the school year, despite having the highest crime rate in West Campus for the past seven years - 3 stars there. But DO NOT live here over the summer. Current issues going on: - waited 9 weeks and had to call 4 times for maintenance to come put in new light bulbs (half of them in the apartment were out) and fix the running toilet; - the "security" sensor on the "locked" Nueces St entrance gate has been broken for a solid month (still is at this time), including while an armed suspect was being pursued by police two streets over; - instead of fixing the sensor, the apartment complex chained and dead bolted the door shut, forcing all residents to walk around the block just to get inside the building; - an old homeless man who looks like he's about to die has been living on the bench right outside my balcony for the past 2 months straight; - and last I walked by the pool, it was shut down by health inspectors. I am not even going to mention that the gym consistently smells like death, the internet flakes out at least once a week, and every time it rains the entire ground floor entrance way becomes a massive pond... these are things you grow to tolerate here. Management is nonexistent at 26 West and the employee turnover is VERY high. Every apartment complex has issues, but blatant disregard for resident safety will not be tolerated.
ive posted on a few side,i know people use different ones,so the apartments are very nice inside,mid grade stainless steel,laminate wood flooring and a good layout,i have a large balcony,theres washer dryer,a nice gym and a lot parking,theres also parties at the leasing office and the food is good,the people are...well idk,im guessing its more family or people who are done with college and well into their careers..or trust fund babies lol,theres a few things that annoy me with living here.one is what your paying for,the smallest one bedroom is over 650 sq.ft and is $870 but...factor this,they make you pay $25 valet trash (she didnt tell me about until i already signed the lease) and they only come sun-thurs not on the days which you actually need them fri/sat,and they are so strict with the rules,like...its just trash,and they will leave it here!then the water bill is typically $45 on top of that monthly (1 bedroom) and the water doesnt even get hot...so your paying $950 to stay here pretty much in the middle of kind of nowhere,i was in a hurry when i leased here and its a lease up so of course they were a little pushy when getting people in here,but needless to say i wont be renewing my lease,there are way better deals Read more: http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/TX-Austin-Indigo-111261611.html#ixzz2sUuhVlvw
I've just read the 2 comments below and I cannot believe they are talking about Westminster. I have lived here 4 years and I wouldn't trade it for my earlier life in a downtown high-rise or any other place. I think one of the comments below may have come from a former employee who did not meet the standards here. My experience has been just the opposite. The staff - from housekeeping to kitchen to front office, is superb and they really take seriously the facility's motto of "Extraordinary Impressions." I have filled out cards complimenting numerous employees. As for health care, our home is rated 5 Stars for a reason. I have one close friend who has been in the health care unit for more than 3 years and two others who have been thee more than a year. All 3 have received loving, prompt care. I do rate Westminster 5 stars overall because I truly believe the service, location, food and all the amenities deserve that highest rating. Terrell Blodgett
04/14/13: I am still a current tenant, but now feel that the management does not treat long term tenants fairly. My rent has increased $186 since I wrote this review. Always thought you reward good tenants, not penalized them with INCREASES every time they sign a NEW lease. You also built a fence around the property which I'm grateful for, but you still have not made it PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY! There's only one in and out of the property, don't you think this could be dangerous in case of fire or other emergency? Sorry, but I must downgrade you 2 stars, since 2010 review. 2010: I am current tenant who can honestly say since the current owners took over the condition of complex improved 1000%. There has been considerable upgrade to the building &amp;amp; landscape. They respond to tenants' repair requests VERY quickly. If you're looking for nice clean newly renovated apartment &amp;amp; reasonable rent this is the place!
I have to recommend Lisa Victorian. When I found out that I would be relocating to Austin, I did my research online and tried to pick out a few potential favorites from an overwhelmingly long list of apartments in South/Central Austin. Deciding that I wanted some assistance, I was referred to Lisa. She quickly answered my call, we chatted for a few minutes about what I was looking for, and within a couple of hours, was already back to me with multiple amazing properties. She found unbelievable deals, talked to the properties for me, and was able to meet the very next day to view them. Not only did she save me a ton time but she went above and beyond to provide a wonderful, effortless experience and ultimately helped me find a better apartment AND deal than I could have imagined doing on my own. -Tyler
My wife and I have been renting a house in Hyde Park through Eyes of Texas Properties for three years now, and it's been a delightful experience through and through. When we first became interested in the property, they answered any and all questions we had, and made sure the process went a smoothly as possible. Whenever there's been a problem, they've been quick and responsive in resolving it. April, Tara, and Alex are incredibly friendly. They are easy to get in contact with, and seem eager to help wherever they can. Having lived in Austin for 8 years now, I've leased through many property management companies. Eyes of Texas Properties has definitely been the best. Doing business with them has been a pleasure, and I recommend them to anyone looking for a rental property in Austin.
I worked with Ashley Stewart, and I have to say she's the best. She was very nice and outgoing but was there to help you any kind of way you needed to find a place for you and your family. I spoke with Ashley on our first visit and just gave her a little background and visual of what I wanted. We browsed many apartments and visited four different sites before I chose the perfect one. When visiting the apartments you can even ride with her. She helps you stay in the area you desire and well with your price range. I forgot to mention her service are free of charge to you. I'll be sending something in appreciation her way because she dealt with me and I was so picky being a first time renter with bad credit. My place is perfect. Thank you Apartments Now!
I really enjoyed living at this apartment complex. The management and staff are always friendly and willing to help. I have had minimal problems with my unit, however when problems did arise the maintenance staff were always quick to respond and fix my things. Another great thing about Tanglewood is that there is a 24 hour HEB about 5 minute drive or a 10 minute walk. If you're a UT Austin student, like I am, the shuttle is very convenient. It's directly across from tanglewood, so getting to school is easy and fast. It's relatively cheaper living here than in many Hyde park apartment complexes, where rent is surging. I highly recommend this place.
This is not a new complex but it is well maintained. My groundfloor apt was quiet! And altho on a corner of the parking lot the traffic was hardly ever intrusive--now and then a car alarm would go off. I am a single man and never felt any security problems. For the money i found it a good value with a very responsive staff in the office and in the maintenance department. For example i complained about all the discarded furniture around the dumpsters being an eyesore and was truthfully assured that there were regular pickups of such junk. Other kinds of cleanups are going on all the time.
Apartments are terribly gross. Every time I turn around there are cockroaches everywhere. Make sure you read your contract carefully, because the move out conditions basically pillage your wallet. Their preferred carpet cleaning and maid services quote ridiculously. I've met VERY few staff members that are helpful. All around just a terrible place to live. The only bright side is that it is affordable for people who have just moved to Austin and are trying to get their foot. It's pretty close to the bus, metro and train stations if you are looking to get downtown.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.